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    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Can cytonic people potentially use all the abilities from Defending Elysium?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Potentially, yes. So mindblades and things like that. Mostly, I'm kind of pushing people into specialties a little bit more, like I've done with something like Mistborn where you're generally better at one thing than another. So you may see some divisions of powers, but they're all capable of it.

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    TomereK

    So Shardblades. When they cut off the victims, the eyes burn up. And deadeyes have their eyes scratched out in Shadesmar. Is there any relation between them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is indeed a connection there.

    TomereK

    Is it RAFO?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a RAFO, but there is a connection. You got something out of me there.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Are the people from Mistborn the people that came to The Stormlight Archive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Are they the people that what?

    Questioner

    In The Stormlight Archive, they discover that the people are not... that humans are not the people that [came to land?]. Are they the people from Mistborn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they're not. They're from a different planet. The people from Mistborn, though, were based on them, in part. See, there's some people that predate what we call the Shattering of Adonalsium, where God was split to all these pieces, and humans predate that. The humans that were on Scadrial were created as an imitation of those.

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    Questioner

    Is there going to be another Wax and Wayne book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, there will be one more.

    Questioner

    Yes? And when's it coming out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have it scheduled to be one of the things right after Stormlight 4 but before Stormlight 5. So i have to get Stormlight 4 done, that will take another couple months writing and about six months of editing. So you watch sometime around July on my website we should start seeing the Wax and Wayne progress bar pop up or the Skyward 3 progress bar. Those are the two things I need to write.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    And your name is Topaz, huh?

    Questioner

    Yes, it is.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Topaz is a great name in the cosmere, because.. I if you know Wit/Hoid? Topaz is one of his aliases. It was the first name I came up for with him, when I was a teenager. I named him Topaz.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    It seems like [Nightblood] takes Breaths at kind of an exponential rate. So, if you were trying to draw Nightblood in a perpendicularity, would it collapse at some point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is RAFO... that is a RAFO, but yes, it's a good question to be asking.

    Footnote: Brandon has said before that Nightblood would be able to collapse a perpendicularity.
    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    In the Lighthouse, it seems that it's almost like a fabrial, but not quite, because obviously, it's not a spren, obviously. So, is it like the Cognitive equivalent of what that would be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, what specifically are you talking about? Not the light itself, but the thing that Kaladin sees and stuff like that?

    Questioner

    Yeah.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I wouldn't say that it is. So, I would go a different direction on that.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Why is there only one... I mean is there either one Allomantic power or all of them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    What do you mean? Oh, why is that? That was mostly for narrative reasons and for making it easy for the reader to track. And, so, why in world? Just ended up being the way the Investiture split but mostly it was for narrative reasons, it was for author reasons.

    Questioner

    I was thinking if it was related to Identity?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, no. It's mostly for my convenience as a writer.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    They're called "Wax and Wayne." Is that something to do with the moon or is that just...

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a pun, it's just a pun on my part.

    Questioner

    So you did it on purpose but it's nothing in the book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did. Yeah, Scadrial doesn't have a moon so they wouldn't really... The words "wax" and "wane" still mean what they mean, but it's not part of common vernacular the way it is over here. So it's me being goofy and loving the pun way too much.

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    Questioner

    During the lecture the other day, you talked about the books that you never published, the thirteen books. You mentioned something you called the unspeakable, terrible book number nine. What is that about?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Parts of it ended up as Warbreaker. It was called Mythwalker and I never finished it - it's the only one out of all those I gave up on. It had a magic system that didn't end up working. So, that's pretty bad for one of my books. I had an intriguing concept, but it never worked.

    Questioner

    And do you have another one from the thirteen that you still intend on adapting, changing and then maybe publishing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Aether of Night will probably end up in some form or another, and Dragonsteel will probably end up in some form or another.

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    Avivsm

    Can a Nahel Bond be stagnant because of a spren's inability to progress? If the spren has a character deficiency they cannot break through or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Can a spren cause the Nahel Bond to not progress? This is possible. Not very common but it is possible.

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    Avivsm

    Did the old Knights Radiant know the Shin were in possession of the Honorblades?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So... the Knights Radiant are aware of where... most of them are aware of where the Honorblades are.

    Avivsm

    In the old times?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, I thought you meant the Heralds. Did the old Knights Radiant know where the Honorblades were? I will RAFO that one, sorry. I was thinking, yes, the Heralds knew where their Blades ended up, but I will RAFO the Knights Radiant.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Second thing, can I get a Releaser Ideal maybe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    A what?

    Questioner

    At least a Dustbringer?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I don't give the Ideals out until they come up in the books. They're all major plot points.

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    Questioner

    Are the Sleepless Invested? And if so, is that in every hordeling or is it like the hive mind is an Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will RAFO that. All things are Invested. So-

    Questioner

    Un-Innate Investiture, like extra...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Extra? I will RAFO that.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Two days ago, you read the first chapter of Stormlight 4 and Navani has a homesteward there and he has those rings, lots and lot of rings. Is it maybe... he has...

    Brandon Sanderson

    You're gonna ask if he is a Terrisman, right?

    Questioner

    Maybe...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe... RAFO.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    When Zahel worldhopped to Roshar, did he ever do that before Warbreaker?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, in fact Roshar was where the idea for Nightblood kind of came from.

    Questioner

    Will you ever write about that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I will probably reference it in future books and maybe I'll do some flashbacks, but I haven't decided. I'm unlikely to write a book that covers that time period on its own.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    So my question is this: So, Investiture is a different [type?] of existence separate from matter and energy, right?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    So, does entropy apply to Investiture?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes... It does, with some caveats, but yes. It works a little differently, but it does apply. You should be able to apply all three laws of thermodynamics with... accounting for a third state of matter, energy.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    Where did you get the inspiration for the <pilot unit> in Skyward, because you get the culture of the piloting program in Israel very well!

    Brandon Sanderson

    I actually went to a lot of pilots and asked them to be my beta readers and talked to them and they gave me a bunch of feedback.

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    Questioner

    If you took Nightblood into the Cognitive Realm, what would he look like?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, and yes, he has been taken into the Cognitive Realm before.

    Questioner

    More specifically,  would he stay a sword or would he give himself a sort of...

    Brandon Sanderson

    That's a RAFO... that's the RAFO. Just make sure when you go through that perpendicularity, he's in a sheath. Otherwise, bad things happen.

    Questioner

    There would be a difference, you say?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, bad things would happen if you took Nightblood through.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    So you said, so the only two ways to really worldhop are Cognitive Realm or FTL.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I did not say that, I said...

    Questioner

    So there could be another way?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. I said, if you couldn't use Shadesmar, is there another way. I did not say there are only two ways.

    Questioner

    Okay, so there could be more than two ways?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes.

    Questioner

    Okay, thank you. That's the answer I was looking forward to.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    The Reachers in the ship that leads Kaladin and the group... What kind of Order do they create?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That will be answered in the next book. You'll have pictures of all of the Radiant spren and their bonds, except the Bondsmiths, obviously.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    One. Can there be Nahel Bonds with more then ten types of spren because we have ten Orders.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Meaning, are there other possible spren that could form other Orders of Knights Radiant that are not the ten? This is theoretically possible, but that is basically what you could argue is happening to Renarin. So now if you want to say... if you want to throw out the exception of spren who were one of the ten who got changed, then this is theoretically possible but right now currently wouldn't work.

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    Alyssum

    So, Shadows for Silence... Threnody, or Hell at least, is based off of Judaism, right? And Shade sounds a lot like the Hebrew word for demon, Shedim. Is there a relation?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes... yes. But it's not an in-world reason, it's just in my brain, right?

    Alyssum

    Okay, so I was going to ask like... do they have chicken legs, which is how [Jewish demons are depicted]

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they don't. But, you know, things like She’ol [Hebrew word, the Jewish interpetation of the afterlife in certain texts] and things like that, they're in the back of my head - mostly because of Stormlight. I would say, I hadn't thought about it before, but that's definitely an unconscious influence on me. But they do not have chicken legs.

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    Alyssum

    I have a follow-up question about Nalthis and synesthesia. How would having a lot of Breaths affect the Heightenings of someone with chromesthesia, which is a form of synesthesia where you... light and color. I mean, sorry, sound and color.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, so you hear sounds and you see colors?

    Alyssum

    Or vice-versa, you hear color and see sounds.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, you hear colors and you see sounds... So, what did I say before?

    Alyssum

    You said that it would affect it in different ways, but you didn't say how.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Alright, so... See sound and hear color... *struggling* I'd have to think about it, honestly. I don't think I can off the cuff that one.

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    Questioner

    If an Elantrian were to tattoo someone with an Aon with the intent of it working...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Could that work? Yes... you could make that work. There is some trouble with moving some Aons around, so it's gonna depend on how you're building and things, but you can make that work.

    Tel Aviv Signing ()
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    Questioner

    So, about Feruchemy. If someone takes, for example, a copper metalmind, fills it with memories, and then a tin metalmind, fills it with senses, then melts them together into a bronze metalmind, would you be able to tap anything from it, and what?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If you made an alloy of them, you would not get anything out of them. You would know there's Investiture in there, but you wouldn't be able to pull it out. 

    Questioner

    Even if it's your own?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Even if it's your own, yup. They would interfere with each other to the point that you wouldn't be able to get anything out. Sorry.

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    Questioner

    First of all, did Mormonism play a role in building the Cosmere at all?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It certainly did... Not really a conscious one, but my faith really influences who I am. Like, one of the big tenets of my religion is this idea that we're all gods in embryo that are then growing up to be like our Father. And so you can see in the Cosmere, it's really about the power of God given to men and what they do with it and how it kinda messes things up if it's not done right. I think that's probably deeply influenced by my religion. 

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    Questioner

    What is your favorite relationship between two characters?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Favorite relationship? Oh boy... Adolin and Kaladin. That was a lot of fun to write, because they're such different people, but they're really good for one another.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    Doombrigade (paraphrased)

    If an individual has a mental sickness, such as multiple personalities, can that affect a Shard's intent if picked up by him or her?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Yes, that is possible.

    Doombrigade (paraphrased)

    Is it possible that Autonomy is one such, and has multiple personalities?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    RAFO.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    Doombrigade (paraphrased)

    I noticed most of the Unmade have a Middle Eastern mythology inspiration, and could pair them with deities, but I couldn't find a fit for two: Yelig-nar and Ba-Ado-Mishram. Could you tell us their names' origin?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Those two are actully not Middle Eastern but actually inspired by Lovecraft.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    yahel26 (paraphrased)

    Since the gemstones on Shardblades seems to be infused with Stormlight, could a Surgebinder draw that Stormlight and use it?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    No he couldn't. You see, that Stormlight is the Shardbearer's life energy, you wouldn't be able to draw it just like I can't draw your life energy from you. If you were to extract that gemstone from the Shardblade it is possible.

    yahel26 (paraphrased)

    But then the gemstone would go dark.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Exactly.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    yahel26 (paraphrased)

    What would happen if an Elantrian burned or flared aluminium? Would they become Reod or a normal person? Or something else?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Like if they got Allomantic powers?

    yahel26 (paraphrased)

    Yeah, like a lerasium [bead] or something.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Okay, yeah, I'm gonna say RAFO, I knew this one was coming.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    Inhorman (paraphrased)

    Can you Awaken a complex mechanism in a way that it will work by itself?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    I didn't understand the question.

    Inhorman (paraphrased)

    Like Awakening a gun so it'll shoot by itself.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    It's very hard since you need lots of Breath but theoretically it's possible.

    ICon 2019 ()
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    LiftIRL (paraphrased)

    Which part of the two in Dalinar's oath in the end of book three - y'know, "I will take responsibility [...] If I must fall I will rise each time a better man" - would you say encompasses the Third Ideal of the Bondsmiths best? The neutral version of it, what would it be?

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    *he thought a bit, hummed* It would be about the second part, mainly about getting better - I will rise each time a better man.